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Barnes Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Barnes (on the Surrey bank of the Thames in London) named with Old English bere-ærn ‘barn a storehouse for barley and other grain’ or a topographic name or metonymic occupational name for someone who lived by or worked at a barn or barns from Middle English barn ‘barn granary’. English: variant of Barne with excrescent -s derived from either the Middle English personal name Bern Barn (based on the Scandinavian personal name Biǫrn or Old English Beorn both from a word meaning ‘warrior’) or from Middle English barn (Old Norse barn) ‘child’. The latter term is found as a byname for men of the upper classes; it might also have had the meaning ‘young man of a prominent family’ like Middle English child (see Child ). Irish: in Ireland in many cases this is no doubt the English name but in others it is possibly an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bearáin ‘descendant of Bearán’ a byname meaning ‘spear’. French: variant of Bernes a derivative of a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name formed with ber(n) ‘bear’ e.g. Bernhard . Jewish: variant of Parnes .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Berner, Barney, Baines, Barner, Banes, Bares, Bardes, Barber, Farnes

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You can see how Barnes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Barnes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Barnes families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 516 Barnes families living in New York. This was about 19% of all the recorded Barnes's in USA. New York had the highest population of Barnes families in 1840.
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What did your Barnes ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Barnes. 18% of Barnes men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Barnes women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Barnes were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
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What is the average Barnes lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Barnes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Barnes in 1940 was 34, and 73 in 2004.

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